is a state located in the west-central United States. It covers an area of 104,094 square miles and has a population of 5,773,714 people (2022 est.). The capital of Colorado is Denver and it is bordered by Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Utah.
The topography of Colorado consists of three distinct regions: the plains, a semiarid segment in the east; the Colorado Piedmont in the central region, where the majority of Colorado's inhabitants reside; and the southern Rocky Mountains and mesas in the western part of the state.
In 1858, gold was discovered in Colorado, sparking a gold rush which resulted in a population boom beginning in the following year. In 1861, Colorado was organized as the Territory of Colorado and achieved U.S. statehood in 1876.
Agriculture, cattle production, and mining, as well as manufacturing, are all important aspects of the Colorado economy. Additionally, military installations and service industries play an important role, and tourism is another major source of income for the state.
Nicknamed the Centennial State, Colorado's motto is "Nil Sine Numine (Nothing Without Providence)", and its state bird is the lark bunting. The white and lavender columbine is the state flower, and the state songs are “Where the Columbines Grow”, and “Rocky Mountain High”. The state is represented in the US House of Representatives by seven out of 435 seats. The time zone for Colorado is the Mountain Time Zone (GMT − 7 hours).